BY ROSIE NETTLES
Both Wesson Cobra soccer teams claimed important wins Thursday night against the McLaurin Tigers. The victories marked the third district wins for both the Cobras and the Lady Cobras. The boy’s team won a nail biter with a score of 2-1 and the girls won with an impressive score of 6-0.
In boy’s action, the game was close with both teams battling for the win. Blake Whittington was the first to get on the scoreboard with an assist from George Baker. The Tigers scored late in the first half leaving the game tied 1-1. During the second half, both teams played aggressively trying to gain the win. The Tigers weren’t able to break through the defensive efforts of Dustin Case, Justin Goodman, and Alan Stegall. Eighth grader, Austin Graham, was the only player to score during the second half. Graham’s speed and excellent footwork, paired with a perfect pass from Fink cinched the win for the Cobras. The Cobra’s record improves to 4-8, 3-3.
The Lady Cobras played one of their best games of the season and the Lady Tigers were not able to match their level of play. Dallas Jackson scored first with a free kick nearly twenty yards outside the goal. The first half ended with a score of 1-0. The Lady Cobras came on strong during the second half. Trystan Eschete scored twice, once on an impressive pass from Ceara Sturgis and again when McLaurin’s goalie mishandled a shot attempt. The next Lady Cobra goal was from Raiven Coleman who easily landed the goal on an assist from Stephanie Berry. Coleman scored again when she took advantage of another bobbled stop by McLaurin’s goalie. Dallas Jackson scored the final goal with another well placed direct kick. The defensive play of Brittany Cannon, Christy Jackson, and Dallas Jackson helped to secure the shut out. This win brings the Lady Cobra’s record to 10-5, 3-1.
Both Wesson soccer teams picked up district wins on Tuesday against the McLaurin Tigers in an away contest. The Wesson Cobras shut out the Tigers with a score of 3-0. The Lady Cobras won with a score of 2-1.
The Cobras were finally victorious after another hard fought battle. Thanks to the efforts of midfielders George Baker and Blake Whittington, and defenders Sid Cawthorn and Walker Parrish, the Cobras posted a shut out. Goalie Mitchell Wilkinson also contributed to the shut out by blocking a within the box direct kick from the Tigers. Chris Fink made the first goal of the evening with an outside the box direct kick. Fink scored again in the second half off an assist from Justin Goodman. Brandon Nettles made the final goal during the last five minutes of the game with an assist from Fink. The Cobra’s have an overall record of 3-8, and 2-3 in the district.
Trystan Eschete made the first goal during the first half for the Lady Cobras. The Lady Tigers soon followed with a well placed corner kick. This tied the game 1-1. The Lady Tigers had difficulty getting into scoring range all evening due to strong defensive play from Kayla Case and Faith Johns. Eschete finally posted another goal during the second half ending the game with a 2-1 victory. The Lady Cobra’s record is now 9-5, 2-1.
Wesson will host McLaurin on Thursday at Brookhaven’s Hansel King Sports Complex. On Friday they will host Crystal Springs in another district contest.